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Re: Purdum from Darnestown, MD
Posted by: Loretta Purdum (ID *****4406) Date: March 12, 2004 at 14:43:35
In Reply to: Re: Purdum from Darnestown, MD by Jackson Day of 274

Hi Jackson:
I'll do my best to fill in.
1. John Purdum (B. about 1657 South Wales d. 1747) m. Mary b. about 1690 in Anne Arundel Co., Md. They were married about 1715 in Maryland.
They had four children: John Purdum b. 9 Nov. 1739 d. 17 Jan 1795.
Jeremiah; Benjamin and James. John Purdum the son, married Kezia Darby.
Their son John Pudum b. 11 Sept. 1779 d. 1865 married Eleanor Riggs.
Their son James Walter Purdum b. 1819 d. 1895 married Hester Fletchall.
Their son James Tillman Purdum b. 1862 d. 1948 married Carrie W. Higdon. This is my GGrandfather. Darnstown connection.
Their son James Walter Purdum b. 1886 d. 1978 married
Elsie Jane Walters. This is my Grandfather.
Their son James Walter Purdum, Jr. b. 1914 (still living) married Etta Mae Smith. This is my father.
According to a descendent on, the Maryland
Purdums are all traced back to John Purdum from Wales. A biography of his Great Uncle Bradley K. Purdum appears in the Tercentenary History of Maryland. In it is states that prior to Wales the Purdums came to England from France with Wm. the Conqueror. Originally the family surname was Prudhomme and was changed to Purdum once they settled in Wales. John came to the colonies (here) from Wales as an indentured slave for 10 years. He was then given release and 50 acres of land, which is Damascus, Md. The chimney is still standing of John and Kezia's house in Cedar Grove, Maryland and a family grave site. I have been unsuccessful in obtaining information on the family roots in Wales. Am still trying, not giving up. My brother started the research, however, he passed away before getting beyond John from Wales. My sister and I are now working on it.
Hope this is helpful to you. So, yes we are related..Ah Ha!!

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